Traffic stop leads to arrest of three New Bern residents on drug charges

Lashawnna McCotter, Mario Bargneare and Calvin Wilson (Beaufort County Sheriff's Office photos)

WASHINGTON, Beaufort County - A traffic stop in Beaufort County over a vehicle speeding and failing to maintain lane control resulted in the arrest of three on drug charges.

The arrests came on Sept. 9. Lashawnna McCotter, 46, of 2709 New Bern Avenue of New Bern, Mario Bargneare, 38, of 1212 Grace Street in New Bern and Calvin Wilson, 33, of 2800 Moore Avenue in New Bern were taken into custody at the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

During the stop, K-9 Elza alerted on the vehicle and a search was conducted. Investigators found three small plastic bags containing marijuana in the passenger area of the vehicle and three large bags containing 1400 grams (3 pounds) of marijuana in the trunk.

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